On the weekend, pro-Israel and openly gay Utah-state Democrat Senator Jim Dabakis returned from Islamic Republic of Iran.
Dabakis was spotted by MP Mohammad Javad Karimi Ghoddousi at the 2nd International Conference on Industrial and System Engineering held at the Ferdowsi University of Mashhad on September 14-15, 2016.
Since there is no record of Dabakis applying for Iranian visa – he must have travelled on his Russian passport where he taught business at a Russian university for twenty years since 1991. He also became a millionaire by selling art in Russia.
Dabakis says his experience in Iran was totally different than the portrayed in the US media.
“The people in Iran love Americans. We could not go down any city street without people following us, talking to us and inviting us to their home,” said Dabakis. He believes the people of Iran are ready to mend relations even if their government is not.
“You come to a point in life where you say. Are you going to do something? Are you going to change the world or sit on the couch and watch the world change?” he said.
Jim Dabakis was born into an American-Greek Orthodox Christian family from Springfield, Massachusetts. In 1971, he enrolled at the Brigham Young University (BYU). He dropped out of the BYU, and later became a talk-radio and TV host in Salt Lake City.
One of the co-founders of Equality Utah and the Utah Pride Center, Dabakis is openly gay. On June 26, 2013, he proposed marriage to his longtime sex-partner Stephen Justesen. The two were legally wed by Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker, who has Kate Kopischke as live-in sex-partner, at the Salt Lake County Clerk’s Office on December 20, 2013, just hours after a federal judge ruled the state’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional.
Strangely, Jim Dabakis did not post anything about his trip to Iran on his personal blog.
On Sunday, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatullah Ali Khamenei said that holding talks with the US is not beneficial, rather it is harmful (here).